What you need to know about PMS

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If you are having difficulties dealing with your menstrual cycle, contact our office at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your initial consultation to learn about how we can help!

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What you need to know about PMS

Before we dive in, let’s discuss what exactly Premenstrual Syndrome aka PMS is and why it is such a huge issue for many women.

Every woman and her menstrual cycles are different. For some, menstruation is quick and easy, but for many others, it can be difficult and painful. Premenstrual syndrome is a common occurrence for many women. The premenstrual phase occurs one to two weeks prior to actual menstruation and it can be quite debilitating.

Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome include emotional instability (irritation, anger, depression, etc.), abdominal bloating, breast tenderness and swelling, constipation or diarrhea, headaches, low back pain and even fatigue.

Causes of PMS

While the exact cause of PMS is not known, it is believed to be due to fluctuating hormone levels that happen prior to menstruation each month. Conventional medicine tends to focus on treating the symptoms of using pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medications. But for those who are looking for natural alternatives, there is a better choice; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM provides many ways of combating PMS.

Here are just a few examples of how this ancient medical system can help.

Acupuncture for hormone regulation

How can acupuncture help?

According to TCM theory, PMS occurs when the normal flow of energy and blood are interrupted. The liver system is responsible for the smooth movement of blood and energy throughout the body. This means that the endocrine system, which controls our hormones, is dependent upon the flow of energy and blood. Therefore, if the blood and energy become blocked because we are not taking care of ourselves as we should, then pain and dysfunction can occur.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has been shown to improve circulation, thus allowing blood and energy to flow more freely. It also balances hormones in the body, while providing relaxation that many women need. When all these components are working in harmony, the chances of PMS symptoms occurring will decrease.


Proper nutrition is vital for everyone, but when the hormones are imbalanced and working overtime, it is even more important for the woman suffering from the symptoms. When we experience pain, we tend to reach for comfort foods that are rich and full of sugar or starch. But for PMS, these can actually be more aggravating. Therefore, plants are recommended during the cycle. High fiber foods like beans, pears and avocados help combat digestive issues that are common with PMS. Other great options include: foods high in calcium, like kale and broccoli, are also a good choice for reducing cramps.

If you are having difficulties dealing with your menstrual cycle, contact our office at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your initial consultation to learn about how we can help!

Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She specializes in chronic and complex cases and commonly treats neuropathy, fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune, and infertility cases. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free  and Keep Calm and Zen Out available on Amazon.











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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
Dr. Heintze Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor

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